Arrow, S4 Ep14 – Code of Silence

While last week’s episode featured a major status quo change to the League of Assassins, the episode itself wasn’t all too impressive. That being said it finally put Thea’s blood lust dilemma to rest, but concluded with even more reason to despise the character of Malcolm Merlyn. Merlyn has revealed one of Ollie’s most hidden secrets to Damien Darhk: that he has a son named William. “Code of Silence” brings Ollie’s mayoral campaign plot back into the forefront, reminding us that Damien Darhk’s wife, Ruvé Adams (Janet Kidder), is now running against Ollie. If you wanted even more reason to hate Malcolm Merlyn, he is now seemingly working side-by-side with Darhk, assisting with the campaign, being that his title as Ra’s al Ghul is no more.

Arrow -- "Code of Silence" -- Image AR414b_0007b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Charlotte Ross as Donna Smoak, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, and Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen -- Photo: Katie Yu/ The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

As most episodes of Arrow do, “Code of Silence” deals with lies. On the one hand Ollie is seen struggling with continuing to lie about the existence of his son to his fiancee Felicity, while on the other hand Captain Lance struggles with telling his girlfriend, Felicity’s mother, Donna, the truth about his forced allegiance with Damien Darhk and how Lance is now in danger.

What I liked about Captain Lance’s subplot was Donna Smoak. After nearly being killed once in a building explosion, Captain Lance lies to Donna stating his injuries were due to some old gambling debts. Donna sees right through Lance’s lies immediately, stating she’s had experience with liars in the past (whom we can assume is her ex-husband, The Calculator). A character like Donna, who isn’t easily fooled and is willing to immediately call people out when they’re doing something wrong, is refreshing to see on Arrow.

While Captain Lance eventually rightfully tells Donna the truth, Ollie goes about things very differently. You’d think Ollie would know by now that no good ever comes from lying, but he continues to hide the truth about his son from Felicity, even after Thea finds evidence of him. What was most upsetting about this subplot, though, was not Ollie’s view on the situation, but Thea’s. Surprisingly, Thea thinks it’s okay for Ollie to lie to Felicity about this because his son’s mother requested he not tell anyone. This seems a little out of character for Thea. I understand agreeing with not telling anyone, but Ollie should really cross that line when it comes to his fiancee, and Thea should know lying doesn’t do anyone any good, especially on Arrow.

The meat of “Code of Silence” dealt with H.I.V.E. attempting to sabotage a debate between Ollie and Ruvé Adams, in order to kill Ollie and his team, making Ruvé out to be the soul survivor of the incident in order to gain sympathy from voters. The plot featured three very obscure characters from DC Comics mythology: Jackhammer (Daniel Cudmore), Rosie (Rachel Luttrell), and Hardhat (Marc Trottier). For the most part these henchmen of H.I.V.E. were pretty silly, relying on power tools to get the job done.

Arrow -- "Code of Silence" -- Image AR414A_0012b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Stephen Amell as The Arrow, David Ramsey as John Diggle/Spartan, and Willa Holland as Thea Queen / Speedy -- Photo: Katie Yu/ The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.After the story is all said and done, and Team Arrow takes down the bad guys and prevents the debate from being sabotaged, “Code of Silence” leaves us with some new developments for the series. Captain Lance’s relationship with Donna Smoak may be a bit stronger than it was before, being that Lance has been completely honest with her. Felicity may have a shot at beating her paralysis thanks to an invention by Curtis Holt. And the episode concludes with the reveal the Darhk has kidnapped Ollie’s son, William.

Overall, while “Code of Silence” was a step above last week’s episode, it’s still one of this season’s weaker episodes. While it did feature some compelling developments, the episode didn’t excite me as much as I would have liked or interest me. Also, as usual, the flashback scenes were very uninteresting. I think this season’s flashbacks have been worse than previous seasons and I look forward to the day when Arrow‘s five years of flashbacks conclude.

In next week’s episode the truth is out as Felicity learns about the existence of Ollie’s son. Additionally, a new vigilante by the name of Vixen (Megalyn Echikunwoke), originally introduced on her own animated mini-series via CW Seed, makes her way to Star City. Check out The CW’s official promo for “Taken” below and feel free to let us know what you thought about “Code of Silence” in the comments.

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